Uruguayan Fede Alvarez uploaded his short film Ataque de Pánico to the video sharing website and so far it has had upwards of one and a half million hits.
More of a visual effects demonstration than a straight ahead narrative the short is dripping with atmosphere and depicts an invasion of Montevideo by an army of giant robots.
I was forwarded the link to this video a few weeks ago and watched it three times in a row, it seemed incredibly well produced and like Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 precursor, Alive in Joburg, it has attracted great interest from Hollywood. The BBC are reporting that Alvarez has been asked to develop a feature film based on the giant robots invading Latin America.
Here is Ataque de Pánico in its five minute glory.
And for comparison here is Neill Blomkamp’s Alive in Joburg.